(RepublicanReport.org) – Fox News recently reported that a staff member at The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, removed a 12-year-old from class for displaying a Gadsden flag patch on his backpack. The item is likely better known as the Don’t Tread on Me flag. The staffer said the display was “disruptive” and the flag itself had “origins with slavery.” A video of the student’s mother discussing the incident with school administrators went viral on social media.
On August 29, the same news outlet reported the Vanguard School Board of Directors reversed the previous decision regarding the boy, Jaiden, and his flag patch. The board said he was allowed to “attend school” with the item in full display. President of the Libertas Institute in Utah, Connor Boyack, posted the email with the board and school district’s decision with the caption reading, “We won! #JusticeForJaiden.”
The email acknowledged that the flag had “historical significance” and “its place in history” while pointing to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as reasons for the entity’s decision to allow Jaiden back in the classroom with the patch on his backpack.
According to Britannica, the flag dates back to 1776, when Christopher Gadsden presented the creation to the Provincial Congress of South Carolina as a symbol of unity during the Revolutionary War. The flag re-surfaced in the early 2000s but took on a different tone, as it appeared during the far-Right Tea Party movement and was displayed at rallies against former President Barack Obama — giving it a racist tinge.
The Harrison School District 2 released a statement after the controversy, explaining an essential piece missing from the story. The officials said the patch was surrounded by about six other patches of semi-automatic weapons. The statement explained that the weapon patches were removed from the backpack, and Jaiden was returned to class without issue.
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